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Production Disease

Rickets in hoggs

A suspected case of rickets was submitted for postmortem last week and are waiting for histopathology to confirm the diagnosis. It is worth keeping an eye out for this condition over the next few months.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 26/01/2024
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Rearing wagyu cross dairy calves (meeting)

There has been a recent increase in the number of traditional beef suckler units that have started rearing Wagyu cross dairy calves as an addition to their current business. With this, a largely unfamiliar set of challenges regarding the management of these animals arise.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 21/12/2023
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Acorn toxicity

Acorns and oak leaves contain phenols and tannins, such as gallic acid and pyrogallol, which when ingested in excess will bind and precipitate proteins leading to renal failure in cattle and sheep.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 26/10/2023
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August case highlights

August was another steady month in the Aberdeen PM room, with the predominant submission being thin or dying lambs with parasitic gastroenteritis.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 04/10/2023
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June case highlights

The submissions through the Aberdeen PM room remained steady throught the month of June. In cattle, bacterial pneumonia caused by the Pasteurellaceae family featured strongly, alongside abomasal bloat/rupture in calves and parasitic disease including ostertagiasis and chronic fluke. In sheep we diagnosed Nematodirus in five submissions, as well as pasteurellosis and Mannheimiosis in lambs. Several bird cases of interest are also included in our case highlights.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 04/08/2023
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A recent case of Babesiosis in a suckler cow herd

Whilst not uncommon in some parts of the UK, until a recent case, Babesia has not previously been diagnosed at SRUC's St Boswells DSC.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 28/06/2023
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Gastroparesis syndrome in dairy heifers

Since the second quarter of 2022 the UK Surveillance Network has reported cases of apparent gastroparesis in nine to twenty four month-old, Holstein Friesian, bulling and in-calf dairy heifers. To date the majority, or all, of the affected heifers have had the same sire.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 28/04/2023
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Lamb dysentery risk

We are now entering the period where lamb dysentery risk is highest in the main April lambing flock. Risk may be higher this year for some flocks depending on Clostridial vaccine availability.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 21/04/2023
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Effect of calving difficulty on suckler cow performance

All farm animal vets are calving suckler cows at the moment, helping to reduce as much as possible the impacts of calving difficulty on herd performance.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 06/04/2023
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Metabolic sampling ewes pre-lambing plus a quick fluke update

Spring is approaching and so is the ideal time for checking the nutritional status of ewes pre-lambing.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 10/02/2023
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Ocular disease investigation in sheep

SRUC Veterinary Services usually receives more ocular swabs for the investigation of ovine eye disease around this time of year. When investigating outbreaks, it is important to consider the main pathogens likely to be involved and which tests would be the most useful.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 13/01/2023
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Navel iodine supply

There is a risk of reduced availability/high cost of strong iodine for navel dressing this spring. Lower iodine concentrations are considered to be less effective in drying and disinfecting the navel.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 12/01/2023
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